Maintaining an injury free body
The body is vastly interconnected with muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones. All of those systems work together to keep your body moving freely and comfortably, but sometimes injury is inevitable.
If you are out of shape and have been inactive for a while your body is going to have a harder time supporting itself because you are not only carrying extra weight, but your muscles are deconditioned. If they are not strong it adds extra pressure on the tendons, ligaments, and joints, therefore greatly increasing your risk of injury.
When deciding that it's time to lace up the shoes and get moving it's important to remember to take it slowly. Jumping into a new exercise routine too quickly can overload your body when it's not ready for all that you are asking it to do. Being overly aggressive in the beginning can create the perfect storm for sidelining your new fitness journey.
Educate yourself about your new exercise endeavor. Browse the web, there is a wealth of fitness and health information out there! Although some of it is not useful, you can pick and choose what is important to your goals. It never hurts to do more research than is necessary.
If you are working out in a group setting such as boot camp or CrossFit it's important not to compare yourself to anyone in the group. There's always going to be that one person who is fitter, faster, stronger and can do everything you want to do, but can't. Pace yourself! That person was once a beginner and has probably been training for a long time. Trying to keep up with the "it" athlete is going to wreck your body and your goals. You will progress steadily and smash your own personal records, but not right away. "Steady as she goes" is the key to increasing your performance in a safe and realistic manner.
You are your body's only advocate so take responsibility when working with a trainer/instructor. If they are pushing you in the direction of imminent injury, then speak up and tell them "NO." This can be tricky though. How do you know when your trainer is pushing too hard or you are just not wanting to rise to the challenge? Only you know the answer to that. Learn to recognize the differences in pain and sensation. Pain stays with you and prohibits you from carrying on with the workout. Sensation is a feeling that passes with little lasting effects. Use this as a gauge in determining how hard to let your trainer/instructor push you.
Train smarter, not harder! Lasting gains is the goal, so be wise in your ambition to achieve a stronger body.
By Olivia Garrett